Glencoe routs Susan Moore 73-48 to reach 3A, Area 9 championship game


Glencoe's Dylon Stone dribbles past Susan Moore's Jared Poole on Friday. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


GLENCOE — Tommy Stanley said he was a bit concerned about his Glencoe Yellow Jackets being rusty Friday night.

There was no need to worry, coach.

Glencoe roared out of the gates against Susan Moore on Friday night and cruised to a 73-48 victory over the Bulldogs in the Class 3A, Area 9 boys basketball tournament semifinal.

The Yellow Jackets, who now prepare to play Ashville for the area tournament championship Monday, had not played in about a week.

“That was my fear. After a week layoff, how would we play?” said Stanley, whose team beat Hokes Bluff, Southside and Westbrook last week. “(But) we shot it extremely well when we started the game.”

Behind Austin Hancock, Glencoe (19-9) jumped out to a 21-11 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Hancock, who scored a game-high 23 points, made two 3-pointers in the opening quarter and added another in the second as the Yellow Jackets took a 40-22 lead into halftime.

The Glencoe starters gave way to reserves by the end of the third quarter, and the Yellow Jackets led 63-35 heading into the fourth.

Brock Little and Anthony Morris both had 10 points for the Yellow Jackets. Dillon Tidmore went for eight points and six boards, Micah McHenry had six points and two steals and Joseph Fails had four assists. Dylon Stone added four rebounds.

For Susan Moore, Chase Brown had 14 points, Jared Poole scored 11 points and Ryan Brown added eight points.

The win assured Glencoe a spot in the sub-regional round. A win there would send the Yellow Jackets to a third straight Northeast Regional tournament at Jacksonville State University.

“Everybody’s even now, and it doesn’t matter what your record is,” Stanley said. “I think we’re playing pretty well. By no means are we perfect, but I’m never satisfied. If you’re going to play good, now’s the time.”